National Parks & Canyon Country with Rapid City Start (8605)

13 Day Tour from Rapid City to Las Vegas

2019 Tour Details

Marvel at premier natural wonders on this multi-state vacation that focuses on some of the West’s most scenic national parks. This National Parks tour starts in Rapid City and ends in Las Vegas. In between, you’ll visit Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. From spectacular rock formations and deep canyons to sparkling waterfalls, geysers, and lakes, you’ll see a wide variety of breathtaking natural treasures.

In South Dakota, visit Crazy Horse Memorial, built to honor the famous Sioux Indian leader; incomparable Mount Rushmore; and Deadwood, once a lawless gold-mining town. In Wyoming, stay two nights inside Yellowstone National Park and see magnificent views of Yellowstone Canyon, Lower Falls, and world-famous Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone has the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, so have your camera ready for wildlife such as bison, elk, and pronghorn. Journey into breathtaking Grand Teton National Park—home to 13,770-foot-high ridges—for a delightful stroll along glacier-fed Jenny Lake.

More stunning scenery awaits you in Utah, where you'll visit Bryce Canyon National Park. You'll be amazed at the bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called "hoodoos." Zion National Park is home to canyons sculpted over millions of years and soaring cliffs resembling temples and cathedrals. In Arizona, enjoy Lake Powell and overnight in Grand Canyon National Park, giving you an amazing opportunity to see breathtaking views and to take an evening stroll to marvel at the dramatic sunset. If you miss the sunset, sunrise is also spectacular!

This value-minded, National Parks tour offers all of this and much more—including time in the Wild West town of Jackson, Wyoming. Just wait until you see the awe-inspiring scenery!
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 Tour Highlights

BLACK HILLS OF SOUTH DAKOTA
Scenic drive
MOUNT RUSHMORE
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore National Memorial
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Stay two nights inside the park or in West Yellowstone; sightseeing
JACKSON
Grand Teton National Park sightseeing; glacier-fed Jenny Lake
SALT LAKE CITY
Sightseeing
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
PAGE
Lake Powell; Glen Canyon Dam
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Stay overnight inside the park; sightseeing
Notes:

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfast, 2 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 RAPID CITY–KEYSTONE

Welcome to Keystone in the beautiful Black Hills. Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 KEYSTONE–CRAZY HORSE–MOUNT RUSHMORE–DEADWOOD

Visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, a monument carved out of a mountain that pays respect to the great Native American hero, Chief Crazy Horse. Drive deep into the Black Hills, through what was Sioux Indian territory, to see the stunning granite faces of MOUNT RUSHMORE, a giant monument to four great American presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. On to Deadwood, a lawless frontier town during the 1876 Gold Rush, where Jack McCall murdered Wild Bill Hickok during a poker game. Overnight here, and discover Deadwood’s Wild West ways as you walk in the footsteps of legends like Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock.

Day 3 DEADWOOD–SHERIDAN–CODY

This morning, head through high country, where open-range cattle kings made war on the homesteaders in the 1890s. Drive past Sheridan in the Bighorn Mountains, site of battles between the U.S. Cavalry and the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Crow Indians. Overnight in Buffalo Bill’s frontier town of Cody.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 4 CODY–YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Proceed through Shoshone National Forest to YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK. Travel along Grand Loop Road to Artist Point for views of the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Overnight in Yellowstone National Park.

NOTES:
Accommodations used by Cosmos in Yellowstone National Park are typically open from late May through late September. Departures before or after these opening dates will stay in West Yellowstone.
Routing and areas visited in Yellowstone National Park are always subject to favorable weather, gate access, and road conditions; therefore, routings may be adjusted.

Day 5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Today, explore more of America’s first national park by returning to visit the geyser basins with bubbling mud paint pots and the reliable “blow” of Old Faithful. In addition to superb mountain scenery, the park is one of the world’s principal wildlife preserves and a photographer’s paradise.

Day 6 YELLOWSTONE–GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK–JACKSON

Head south into magnificent GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, one of America’s last preserves of wild solitude. Its 13,770-foot-high ridges are crested with snow most of the year. Stroll along the shores of beautiful glacier-fed Jenny Lake before ending the day in the Wild West town of Jackson with its wooden sidewalks and swing-door saloons. This evening, join an optional barbecue cookout and Wild West show.

Day 7 JACKSON

Time to relax in Jackson, or maybe join a scenic trip down the Snake River. Enjoy an 8-mile float trip that begins at Pritchard Creek and passes nesting areas of bald eagles and ospreys. The afternoon is free in Jackson to explore the shops and museums of historic downtown. This evening, perhaps stroll along the old-time boardwalks and have supper at a swing-door saloon.

Day 8 JACKSON–SALT LAKE CITY

Today, travel to Salt Lake City, Utah’s vibrant capital. Set on the edge of Great Salt Lake Desert, this center of the Mormon religion is where Brigham Young declared to his followers, “This is the place.” An included sightseeing tour offers a glimpse of Temple Square, the Capitol Building, and the downtown area.

Day 9 SALT LAKE CITY–BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Journey through sagebrush landscape to BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK with its 20 miles of sandstone cliffs and ever-changing colors. See some of Earth’s most brilliant shades of rock, sculpted by nature into pillars called “hoodoos.”

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK–ZION NATIONAL PARK–LAKE POWELL PAGE

First stop today is ZION NATIONAL PARK with its landscape carved over millions of years by rushing streams. Steep canyons, stone towers, and verdant vegetation form the scenery of Zion. Then, head east into Page on the shores of Lake Powell, originally built to house workers during the construction of the massive Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back the waters of 186-mile-long Lake Powell.

Day 11 PAGE–PAINTED DESERT–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy an optional flight over scenic Monument Valley. Then, cross the Painted Desert and head through Kaibab National Forest before arriving at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK in the early afternoon. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience amazing views. You’ll have plenty of time to do some viewing before dusk, as your accommodation is inside the National Park.

Day 12 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS

For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon, with incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,093 feet into the Colorado River. Leaving the high country of Arizona, we pass through Williams on famous Route 66, and then the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns. Arrive in downtown Las Vegas—a neon desert oasis with spectacular hotels and casinos and the popular Fremont Street Experience.

Day 13 LAS VEGAS

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend vacation with extra nights and explore “Sin City” further.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MATTHEW OJILE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources, I wanted to find a career that would allow me to travel to beautiful places. I found that as a Tour Director. I love sharing the beauty, culture, grandeur, and history of the U.S. with others. I want my guests to feel as if they just completed a road trip with friends where they enjoyed laughs, good food and drink, and discovered new places together.

Tour Director - MATTHEW OJILE

 Accommodations

Keystone
Deadwood
Cody
Yellowstone National Park
Jackson
Salt Lake City
Bryce Canyon National Park
Page
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Deadwood
Cody
Yellowstone National Park
Alpine
Salt Lake City
Page
Grand Canyon National Park

Deadwood

Deadwood City Tour

Deadwood City Tour

Discover the unique history of this once lawless gold camp as your local guide recounts local facts, lore and more, all the while introducing you to some of the Deadwood's most colorful characters!

Price Range: $

Cody

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Shoshone River Float Excursion

Discover the Shoshone River on this scenic float trip and hear about the geology, mountain men, and pioneers of the area as you experience the thrill of the occasional rapid.

Price Range: $

Yellowstone National Park

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Learn more about history, the culture, the beauty and the images of the American West at the world's finest western museum.

Price Range: $

Alpine

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River

This scenic float trip is a great way to see the beauty of the river and the geology that forms the Grand Canyon of the Snake River, without getting wet.

Price Range: $$

Salt Lake City

Dinner at Temple Square

Dinner at Temple Square

Start the evening with a visit to the Temple Square garden followed by a unique dining experience in the tradition of Temple Square's exceptional service and hospitality.

Price Range: $$

Page

Antelope Canyon Cruise

Antelope Canyon Cruise

Glide through the narrow walls of Antelope Canyon, famous for its tapestry colors and unusual rock formations on this popular cruise on Lake Powell.

Price Range: $$

Upper Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Upper Antelope Canyon Slot Tour

Along with a Navajo guide, you'll discover The Upper Antelope Slot Canyon, the spectacular petrified sand dune, created by wind, water and sand, presenting a sculptured masterpiece.

Price Range: $

Flightseeing

Flightseeing

Exploring this region by air really allows visitors to understand this vast, rugged area of the Southwest. Choose from several different flightseeing tours.

Price Range: $$$$

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

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